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 Header Item Health Services Provision
 Header Item Thalidomide Victims Compensation
 Header Item Health Services Provision
 Header Item Health Services Provision
 Header Item Medical Card Delays
 Header Item Drug Treatment Programmes Availability
 Header Item Hospital Closures
 Header Item Hospital Closures
 Header Item Medical Card Applications
 Header Item Drugs Payment Scheme Administration
 Header Item Community Care Provision

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 774 No. 1

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Health Services Provision

 1780. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if any assistance can be given in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38699/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Thalidomide Victims Compensation

 1781. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will honour the commitment in the programme for Government to provide a compensation package to sufferers affected by Thalidomide; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [38736/12]

 1854. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will support the Thalidomide Survivors in 2012 and 2013 in relation to compensation.  [39256/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly I propose to take Questions Nos. 1781 and 1854 together.

I met with the Irish Thalidomide Association (ITA) and the Irish Thalidomide Survivors Society (ITSS) last year. Having taken legal advice, I am satisfied that the State does not have a legal liability for the injuries suffered by Irish survivors of thalidomide. However, I have previously indicated that I am willing to enter into discussions about a financial gesture of goodwill towards Irish survivors of thalidomide, which will be constrained by virtue of the current economic circumstances of the country and the many demands made on limited resources. The ITA has stated that it fundamentally disagrees with the State's position above and it is unwilling to engage with me on this basis.

In July 2012, the ITA, through their solicitor, submitted 17 personal injury claims to me. These claims have been delegated to the State Claims Agency. I also informed both organisations that the Government's main concern is to address their health and social care needs. The first step in this process is to identify the needs of each individual. The Health Service Executive (HSE) and Dr Paul O'Connell, Consultant in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Beaumont Hospital have developed a protocol for an appropriate assessment process. The ITA is also unwilling to engage in this process.

However, the ITSS has written to the HSE regarding the extent and scope of the assessment process. Some major issues raised by the ITSS, including an independent agency, housing, heating and transport are unfortunately outside my Department's remit. I have written to the ITSS requesting them, in good faith, to continue to engage with the HSE in developing and participating in a health care assessment process. The process and its outcome will provide information which will assist us in addressing the future health care needs of Irish survivors of thalidomide.

Health Services Provision

 1782. Deputy John O'Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive an orthodontic appointment to have braces fitted; if a date will be given for when treatment will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [38741/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply

Health Services Provision

 1783. Deputy Sandra McLellan Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will expedite an appointment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork who needs a hearing aid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38743/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Medical Card Delays

 1784. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly his views on a matter regarding waiting lists for those holding a medical card (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38745/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly Under the current eligibility system the Health Service Executive makes available in-patient services and out-patient services, including consultant services, for persons with full and limited eligibility. Under the existing system, a patient may elect to be treated privately by the hospital consultant, whereupon the patient is liable for all consultant fees and hospital charges, if any. The relationship between a consultant and his private patient is a matter of private contract between the doctor and the patient. The Minister has no role in relation to this relationship. The Government is committed to implementing a comprehensive programme of health reform, the ultimate objective of which is to ensure equal access to healthcare based on need, not income. This objective will be achieved through a single-tier health service supported by universal health insurance.

Drug Treatment Programmes Availability

 1785. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the number of persons in County Donegal and the number of persons in the Health Service Executive north west area who have sought inpatient detox service for opiate addictions; the number of persons in each of these areas who were referred to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, for treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [38754/12]

 1786. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the amount of funding allocated to rural Health Service Executive addiction services; how this funding is used; the number of persons who engage with rural HSE addiction services, broken down by county and HSE area; the number of persons who have sought an appointment with a doctor (details supplied) during each of the past five years; the number of persons who have received appointments with this doctor during each of the past five years; the average waiting time for appointments with this doctor; and the number of persons currently waiting to see this doctor for specialist assessment  [38755/12]

 1787. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the amount of funding for services that support addiction rehabilitation including outpatient group therapy programmes and residential treatment programmes both provided and available in County Donegal.  [38756/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall I propose to take Questions Nos. 1785 to 1787, inclusive, together.

  As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Hospital Closures

 1788. Deputy Sandra McLellan Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the position regarding the future of St. Raphaels Hospital, Youghal, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38761/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Hospital Closures

 1789. Deputy Sandra McLellan Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the position regarding the future of the Cottage Hospital, Youghal, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38762/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Medical Card Applications

 1790. Deputy Sandra McLellan Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will expedite a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38773/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Drugs Payment Scheme Administration

 1791. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 has to pay an extra €60 per month for their medication under the new regime.  [38791/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Community Care Provision

 1792. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will respond to the issues raised in correspondence (details supplied) regarding independent living.  [38793/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch The Report of the Value for Money (VFM) and Policy Review of the Disability Services Programme recommends a significant restructuring of the Disability Services Programme through:

- migration from an approach which is predominantly organised around group-based service delivery, towards a model of person-centred, individually chosen supports; and

- implementation of a more effective method of assessing need, allocating resources and monitoring resource use.

The Department of Health and the Health Service Executive will pursue issues concerning the move towards independent living in the context of the implementation of the recommendations contained in the VFM Report.

The VFM Review acknowledges that an individualised supports model has many aspects and may be implemented in a number of ways and recommends that further work should be undertaken by the HSE and the Department of Health to identify the precise features of the model proposed, taking into account that the model will be multi-form and multi-faceted, in order that it may be fully appraised and costed. The priority for the Department and the HSE is to further improve current services, while expediting the analysis of the benefits to be gained from models which focus on independent living through demonstration projects which will be evaluated for wider applicability. The balance and emphasis will shift firmly and comprehensively towards these new models of individualised supports and independent living once sufficient analysis of the benefits is carried out in the Irish context and adequate financial management, resource allocation and governance structures are in place to ensure their long-term viability.


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